Cycling tourists visiting the Murcia region can now take advantage of personalised experiences being offered at Parador hotels throughout Spain, including Lorca.
As part of a new campaign promoting “Another way of travelling – A healthy and sustainable alternative”, the state-owned chain of luxury hotels has incorporated a series of special services including a special storage area with capacity for at least 10 bicycles, a workshop area, personalised routes prepared by each Parador, and associated shops, workshops and bicycle hire facilities nearby.
Some of the Paradors also allow clients to bring their bicycle up to their room or have access to a washing area with a drain and water connection (inside or outside) and a bike rack.
In a news release announcing the new initiative, Paradores noted, “Cycling is the sport with the largest number of followers in Spain. Improving health, enjoying the landscapes in a more leisurely way, contributing to improving the environment… the reasons are many for more and more people choosing this way of travelling.
“Whether you like to take long trips by bicycle, or use it for short excursions to your destination, at Paradores we want to accompany you on your trip and we have adapted several of our establishments so that you do not lack for anything and can continue pedalling without worries. With the arrival of good weather, this spring will be the perfect time for a getaway with your bike.”
The project has initially been launched at 26 of Paradores’ nearly 100 establishments. These include Paradors in natural settings, historic buildings (such as Lorca) and inner-city locations.
Located in the city’s castle grounds, the Lorca Parador shares its space with mediaeval remains and archaeological sites, where guests can immerse themselves in the region’s rich historic and cultural heritage. Highlights include a tour of the historic remains of a 15th century synagogue preserved within the Parador’s walls and panoramic views from its modern outdoor terrace.
Cycling is one of the main activities highlighted on a new travel website launched by the regional ministry.